Introduction to Bhakti Yoga

If you want an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the path of Bhakti Yoga, this course is for you. In this three-module course, you learn the Vedic art of leading a balanced life with a focus on awakening your relationship to Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Our SPA course offers theoretical and practical approaches to the topics of devotion to Krishna and a healthy relation to the outer world.

Sambandha refers to the eternal constitutional relationships between God, the individual souls, and matter. As we begin a spiritual quaest, we first need to know our position and the purpose of life. In this module, students learn about the essential spiritual science underlying our present lives and are introduced to ISKCON; its Founder-Acharya: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; and the Gaudiya-Vaisnava tradition of bhakti-yoga.

Prayojana means the ultimate goal, or devotional love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You will discover, through a variety of resources, what it means to be truly liberated, and you will learn all about Krishna, who is the source of all existence and the all-attractive benefactor and enchanter of every living being.

Finally, in the abhidheya module, the process of bhakti yoga will be discussed: acting according to the real relationship between humanity and divinity. Once we understand our true identity and the goal, love for Krishna, we are actually ready to ask how to reach it. Spiritual predecessors have scrutinized Vedic texts and given a practical step-by-step process that helps us realize ourselves and our purpose in this life – offering our hearts in selfless devotional service.

Study Requirements and Accreditation

The "Introduction to Bhakti-Yoga" program is open to anyone wishing to systematically study. The modules may be taken in a nonsequential order, since they were prepared as independent units. To accommodate various needs and schedules, we have two types of accreditation:

(1) Bhaktivedanta College Digital Attendance Certificate. This will be issued electronically by the end of each module. The study requirements are:

  • Listening to the weekly video classes.
  • Reading the assigned materials.
  • Submitting homework assignments and quizzes.
  • Being active on the forum.

(2) Introduction to Bhakti-yoga Certificate. This will be issued after the successful completion of three modules. In addition to the above, students are required to write a passing final essay for each of the three modules.

To register for individual modules, click on the program's name (PayPal payment). To register for the whole program (189 Euro for all three modules, at a 20% discount) please contact us.

We want loving relationships in life. Connecting is a basic need. While this is so on the material level, it is also true in spiritual life. We are essentially spiritual beings who need soul connections, wherein love of God can be experienced. The aim for the sambandha module is to help students understand the soul’s identity, God, and material nature, and how souls connect with God and nature.

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PrayojanaTo live in eternal, loving relationship with Krishna and our fellow souls is our natural state of existence, and the goal of bhakti-yoga is to return to our original, personal identity in the spiritual world – where eternity, knowledge and bliss constitute the essence of all beings. Spiritual realization culminates in re-awakening our dormant love for Krishna, and in order to do this, we must first get re-acquainted with Him. Therefore, the Prayojana module introduces Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His many qualities and manifestations. Among the questions we explore are: What does it mean to be ultimately liberated? Who is Krishna? What is He like? What does Krishna have to do with me? What are the qualities of a pure devotee of Krishna? What are the holy days and places recognized in ISKCON?

The practice of bhakti awakens eternal love and devotion to Radha and Krishna. Our spiritual predecessors named five practices that have the power to quickly awaken pure love in our hearts: (1) serving and associating with devotees who are advanced, like-minded, and affectionate, (2) hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, (3) hearing and chanting Krishna’s holy names, (4) serving Deities, and (5) residing in Krishna’s sacred abodes. We will examine these practices and discuss how to best apply them in our circumstances. Some questions we will discuss: What constitutes a spiritual practice on the path of bhakti? What attitude will best facilitate spiritual progress? Why am I progressing slower than I would like to? How do I properly interact with Vaishnavas and with people I work with? How do I worship Krishna at home? Why is chanting Krishna’s names important? How is Srila Prabhupada’s movement based on the greater tradition’s teachings?